Lila DiPasqua’s husband has taking over the blog….

Mr. D interviews Simon Boulenger –Hero in UNDONE!

I’m honored to be here at Books-n-Kisses.  As many of you know, I’m the host of the popular, Mr. D’s Romance Husband (RH) interviews. I started them last year and well, I do intend to get back to them on a regular basis in the near future.  Thanks for all the requests for more!  In the meantime, I’m here chatting about my dear wife, Lila DiPasqua’s latest release in the Fiery Tales series, UNDONE. It’s hot, sexy, steamy—did I mention hot?  A historical romance. A spin on Rapunzel.  And yes, I read every luscious word in this wonderful book.  :)

By the way, if you’re wondering why I would submit the photo of me you see here, allow me to explain briefly. This photo was taken of me this winter. I bought this hat for ice-fishing, and though I’m not much of an ice-fisherman, (stop snickering Lila), I’d announced I was going to wear it more often. My wife and kids laughed—until they realized I was serious.  Then, strangely, the hat went missing. If anyone has seen my missing hat (not pointing any fingers at who might have taken it—cough…Lila&kids…cough), please let me know.
I have with me today Simon Boulenger, the hero in UNDONE.  In keeping with my RH interview style, please welcome Mr. Boulenger!

Mr. D: Can you tell us who you’re married to?

Simon: I’m not married, but I am rather taken by Angelica, a ravishing green-eye beauty with chestnut-colored hair. Though, I must admit, she is as alluring as she is maddening.

Mr. D: Readers would like to know the hero behind the heroine. Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself? Scholar? Artist?

Simon: I’m of common birth and had aspired to be ennobled by my King for my naval successes. I have elevated myself in the merchant class, currently commanding 14 privateer ships. Most of my education was learned on the decks of warships, and my achievements have been attained by the tip of my sword—though I do write and read extensively, and have amassed wealth. As for an artist…let’s just say that I’m well versed in the carnal arts.

Mr. D: Where did you and Angelica meet? What convinced you she was THE ONE?

Simon: We met outside a convent at midnight where she knocked me off my feet…literally.  Thereafter, she simply took my breath away anytime she entered the room. And ultimately, this incredible woman stole my heart.

Mr. D: If she were to call you her hero, how would she describe you?

Simon: I think she’d find many reasons to dislike me. At least at first. But neither of us can dispute our emotional connection, or our intense mutual attraction.

Mr. D: On the first night you met Angelica were you most like:

a)     Prince Charming;
b)     Prince (bad boy) Harry;
c)      The Artist formally known as Prince;
d)     Prince, the family pet.

Simon: I don’t know who they are, but on the first night I met Angelica, I’m afraid I’d have to say I kept to my rakish nature.  Upon seeing her beauty in the moonlight, I was undone, losing all sensibility and reason. For the first time in my adult life, I acted on impulse. I survive based on instincts. On well thought out plans. And it isn’t as though I’ve never seen a lovely face before. Yet, upon meeting her, I found myself acting completely out of character. Again. And again.

Mr. D: when you hear the work “ball” what do you think of:

a)     Baseball
b)     Basketball
c)     An uncontrollable weeping reaction of fans upon meeting your wife in person? 
d)     A gathering of lords and ladies.
Simon: While I have no idea what the first two are, it has been said that our tale has been known to bring a tear to the eye of many a reader. I have no time to attend balls.  I’m too busy trying to break the hold some powerful men have on me—get out of this situation alive and spare the lives of the men I command. If only this one green-eyed woman wasn’t so desirable and distracting.

Mr. D: How long have you been a hero and what advice would you give to heroes in the making?

Simon: Hero is not a word that one can use to describe oneself. I believe that there is a selfless quality that comes with the word. Giving of oneself in battle, or in love. I feel that Angelica is the truly heroic character, (though I can’t say why without giving anything away), and I love her for that. I can only hope that all of my selfless acts are perceived as heroic by her.

Mr. D: Okay, you know I have to go there…Jules de Moutier, the hero in A MIDNIGHT DANCE is in UNDONE and asked you whether you “sampled Angelica’s charms” while you were on the sea voyage with her…Did you?

Simon: Mr. D, the kindness I’ve afforded you will surely come to a violent halt, if you continue to follow that line of questioning. Have I made myself clear?

Mr. D: Yes!!! Absolutely! Just get that sword away from my neck and back in its sheath!! Simon, you are clearly an alpha male (as I’ve just personally witnessed), strong, a commander of hundreds of men, yet some say you have a hidden vulnerability…

Simon: I’d like to deny it, but I do have some difficulty trying to master my emotions towards Angelica, who is clearly out of my reach.  A son of a fisherman is not a suitable husband for a woman born into privilege—no matter how untamable the allure and emotions are between us.

Mr. D: Simon can you share with me something about Angelica that her readers would be surprised to know?

Simon: I wish I could, but she’s a rather mysterious beauty with many secrets.  You’ll have to read the book and find out what they are.  Let me say, that I had the devil’s own time just trying to learn just her full name.

Mr. D: Simon thanks so much for coming here today.

Simon: You’re most welcome. May I ask you a question or two?

Mr. D: Given your hand is on you sword, I would have to say, I’d love to be interviewed by you…

Simon: Good…I understand that you and Lila are of different opinions as to who would play us if this book were made a play.

Mr. D: You mean movie?
Simon: Are you interrupting me?
Mr. D: Ah, no.  Not at all. *wipes sweat*
Simon:  Lila selected Emily Blunt and Henry Cavill. Who would you chose?

Mr. D: Simon, I’m smart enough to know that despite that sword drawn on my throat, there’s no disagreement between Lila and I!  That said, I’m happy to hear what the readers have to say.

QUESTION: Got any favorite actresses (brunette) or actors (dark hair) you, the readers, think would make a good Rapunzel movie (without the insanely long hair)?
Giveaway:  One lucky commenter will win a signed copy of A MIDNIGHT DANCE *and* a signed copy of Shana Galen’s A ROGUE PIRATE’S BRIDE!

Mr D: Thank you, Simon. Dear readers, I hope you’ll indulge in this book. You won’t regret it!

A Fiery Tale
Lila DiPasqua
April, 2012
Inspired by the tale of Rapunzel, Lila DiPasqua offers a new steamy, emotionally charged historical romance in the acclaimed Fiery Tales Series . . . Rescuing this beauty from the ‘tower’ is only the beginning . . .

Maintaining her ruse as a commoner, and trusting no one has kept Angelica safe. But a chance encounter with a handsome stranger lands her right where danger lies. Now, this sinfully handsome man with arresting blue eyes and a polished manner thinks he’s saved her life, when in fact he’s placed her in great peril. She’s intent on keeping him and everyone else at arm’s length. Yet, the smoldering attraction between them is difficult to deny. And impossible to ignore . . .

As commander of a number of privateer ships, Simon Boulenger dresses and speaks like an aristocrat, and has obtained wealth. But he is still not a noble. Or an officer in the King’s Navy. His lifelong dream to elevate himself from his station of birth and attain a respectable place in society is dead. Worse, he’s ensnared in a deadly scheme, and must get out. But how is he to stay focused on his dangerous mission when the mysterious beauty has him utterly intrigued? He can’t afford the distraction any more than he can resist the carnal hunger she stirs. Simon soon discovers that she’s not only a passionate soul mate, but a woman born into privilege. A woman he can never have. But they’re in too deep. Their hearts are at risk . . . as well as their lives.
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49 Responses to Lila DiPasqua’s husband has taking over the blog….

  1. CrystalGB April 30, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    Great interview. My suggestions would be Anne Hathaway and Channing Tatum.

  2. erin April 30, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    Thanks for the awesome interview!!! This is the first interview I've enjoyed fromMr. D’s Romance Husband (RH) and I definitely hope it's not the last :)It was awesome!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway and I would love to read Lila's books!

  3. Joanne April 30, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    Great character interview Mr. D. You did well, considering you had a sword at your throat part of the time. How about Katrina Law and Manu Bennett? The Fiery series sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it.
    By the way, I think I saw your hat on E-Bay. Good luck.

  4. Patti P April 30, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    I don't know about what female I would cast but I just adore David Boreanaz. He has a great balance of alpha male and sweetheart.
    Now about the hat! I am on your side. You look awful warm in it and unless whoever took it is gonna stand around making sure you stay warm enough while you fish (hint hint) they should return the hat.

    musicalfrog at

  5. heather April 30, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    Cute interview, lol. I really liked the animated movie Tangled with Mandy Moore and even though it was just her voice I still think she would make a good Rapunzel. And if I could make Milo Ventimiglia a little taller he would be perfect :)

  6. Bre April 30, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    Loved the interview! I like Hugh Jackman and well can't think of an actress. :) can't wait to read Undone!

  7. kimmyl April 30, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    Loved the interview. How about Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Kellan Lutz (Twilight). Love the book cover and the book sounds absolutely awesome!!!

  8. DiDi April 30, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Great interview and I LOVE the cover of UNDONE.

  9. Mary D April 30, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    This such a hard question for me, because I don't watch a lot of TV or Movies. So these are my picks. Genelia D'Souza and Matt Bomer. Loved the interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Eli Yanti April 30, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Hi Lila & Mr. D

    hem.. i will choice Anne Hathaway :)

  11. carole720 April 30, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    I love your interviews, Mr. D. I hope to see many more in the not so distant future. As for who should play the leads in a movie, I'll leave that for the pros. I prefer to use my imagination. Celebs just don't make the cut as to what my mind conjures.

    BTW, I love your hat and I hope you find it. Maybe it's tucked somewhere way back in the closet. 😉


  12. flchen1 April 30, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Fun interview, Mr. D and Simon :) (Mr. D, sorry to hear your hat's gone missing–I'm sure it'll turn up sometime… in the next decade maybe? :)) I'm terrible with casting… maybe Marisol Nichols? And Henry Cavill does look lovely!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  13. elizabethZayden April 30, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Henry Cavill is so gorgeous and he has a magnificent jaw structure! I am unsure who could best serve as the heroine but if I had to pick, I would try Emma Watson, Natalie portman, or kristen Stewart (its be interesting to see her in a different type of role like this).

  14. Kanya April 30, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Nice interview, Mr. D! :)
    My picks woulb be Emily Blunt, like Lila, and Josh Duhamel.
    I'm very sorry for your hat. The same thing happened to my husband last summer : his gardening hat went missing. Don't know what happened to it… Lol!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Kanya :)
    P.S. I already won Shana's wonderful book so if you pick my name, could you give it to another person?

  15. Unknown April 30, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    I would say Kate Beckinsale and Christian Camargo.


  16. Diana April 30, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I would stick with Henry Cavill, but would go with Zooey Dechannel. I would also love to receive these two wonderful books, I haven't read either yet!

  17. Ivy April 30, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Sorry about your missing hat, Mr. D. You do have a way with interviews. Fun and interest piquing.
    Please don't enter me in the contest…Just wanted to let y'all know I enjoyed the interview.

  18. Crystal C April 30, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Sorry about your missing hat!

    Female would be Anne Hatheway or Kristen Stewart(she has the not so innocent look). Male..hmm…I have been going back and forth on this one and I cannot settle on one.

    Thank you for the interview and the change to win!!


  19. Adria April 30, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    I love reading interviews with characters, you get to learn a little more about them that way.

    For casting I'd suggest Hugh Jackman and Keira Knightley.

  20. Jen B. April 30, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    I am terrible at these casting questions. I think Hevry Cavill's look really suits the period. As far as the actress, I am not familiar with her but I would think that the actress would have to be quite exotic looking.

  21. Caro April 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    i think henry cavill is an excellent choice for the male lead, and i really liked mandy moore as the voice of the princess in tangled, i would love to see her do a live action version!

  22. bn100 April 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Very nice interview. I think Emma Rossum and Kristin Kreuk would work.

  23. Stella Ex Libris April 30, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    My nominees would be Henry Cavill or Richard Armitage, and Rachel McAdams or Saffron Barrows, and though Emily Blunt fits the looks of Angelica, so far I have only seen her playing cold, determined heroines, don't know if she could play soft and vulnerable Angelica, but I'd gladly watch her :-)

    What a fantastic interview, thank you Mr. D for interviewing Simon and endangering yourself, your sacrifice is duly noted!

    ps. Lila, I agree, that hat should be reserved for funny pics ;-D
    ps2: the first meeting between Simon and Angelica was one of my favourite scenes! 😀

    Dear Readers who haven't had the chance to read Lila DiPasqua's books yet, don't waste your time anymore, get her books ASAP, you'll devour them in no time and thank us for the recommendation 😉

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  24. Karen C April 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    I'm going to go with Lila's suggestions because I don't watch movies so I'm not familiar with the actors/actresses. Excellent interview, Mr. D. – have missed your interviews. Oh, and I have a matching hat in white!!

  25. Anna Ch April 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Jennifer Garner, I absolutely love her! And Richard Armitage for the male hero part. He's seriously hot :)

  26. AquarianDancer April 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    OMG! I'm not the first one to say Jennifer Garner…that's fun. She was my first choice…maybe Mia Maestro? Ben Barnes or Hugh Dancy for my male choices.

  27. jerseygirlabroad April 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    I like Emily Blunt – can't argue with that… The guy? Looks good!

  28. Mel B April 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    I am new to books and kisses and I love it!! I love that your hubby has taken over! Sorry I haven't seen your hat. My hubby's is green plaid. And he wasn't kidding either when he said he would wear it more often. He keeps his hidden so I can't find it :)

    I love Rachel Weisz. I think she would be awesome. For the hero, how about Hugh Jackman. Yummy!!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  29. Arely Zimmermann April 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    I enjoyed this post thoroughly. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

  30. Betty Hamilton April 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    I'm not sure for the woman, but definately Channing Tatum for our hero. Great blog…TY for the give-away!!

  31. Julia April 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    I loved this post! I actually like the choices that Lila et all chose. I would totally watch that movie. Love both those actors to bits :)

  32. Erica McFarland April 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Interesting interview! Loved the two choices for the heroine and hero–that's a movie I'd definitely watch.

  33. Cecilia83 April 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    hello lila, i would pick kiera knightly. she would be great actress.
    thanks for the giveaway. xo.

  34. Mina April 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    I love Lila's choices, but how about Kathy Holmes and Tom Cruise? She has dark hair and green eyes. He is getting old but he still has a certain charm.

  35. marybelle April 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    I do love Emily Blunt & Henry Cavill, but Mandy Moore & Channing Tatum would be fun.


  36. Lila DiPasqua April 30, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Hi everyone! Mr. D is at work. Actually, he was driving to a meeting and asked me to read all your comments to him. He's feeling very special today with all this wonderful attention. LOL I'm just stopping by to say hello and thank you for joining in the fun! Oh, and Mr. D—I've looked everywhere and can't seem to find that hat. 😉

    Lila xo

  37. Lexi H April 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Love the interview Mr. D! What a great idea to interview one of Lila's characters in your gruel the romance husband format! So much fun to read!

    And Lila, how can you go wrong with Henry. Perfect choice!

  38. bas1chs April 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Well, I like Mandy Moore (she did voice Rapunzel in Tangled). I also would think Rachel Bilson would be good.

  39. Virginia C April 30, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    Two fine fellas & a fun interview–couldn't ask for anything more!

    So looking forward to UNDONE : )

    Jonathan Rhys-Meyers & Keri Russell (she would be beautiful with any hair color)

    Mr. D:

    I think the bear came back for his toupee–better leave well enough alone ; )

  40. julie beasley May 1, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    i think richard armitage and kristen stewart would be good ones, but i also like the idea of henry and emily. what a good interview, refreshing change to have man to man talk

  41. andieleah May 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Im gonna go for Lilas choice of Emily Blunt…she's gorgeous! But I wanna see Tatum Channing playing opposite her.

  42. Robin May 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Anne Hathaway, and I'll agree with Henry Cavill.


  43. Micaela May 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm #


    Dear Lila, I can't wait for this book …I'm trying to keep calm :/… Don't enter me I already have a signed copy of a midnight dance.

  44. Ren May 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Emma Stone maybe? Her hair so beautiful and any color hair she has, she will make a good Rapunzel!
    I agree with Henry Cavill. Who can resist Henry? 😉

  45. JessS May 3, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    Someone mentioned Jennifer Garner, whom I absolutely love! And I do kinda love Ben Barnes too, but I like Lila's choices of Emily Blunt and Henry Cavill.

  46. Darling Nikki May 3, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    Mila Kunis and Henry Cavill would be my pick. Henry is so damn Hot. And Mila is downright Gorgeous.

  47. Dian Aesha May 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    whoa great interview..i would choose : Rachel Weisz and henry cavill ?? they both my fav..^^

  48. msmjb65 May 3, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    I'm really bad at choosing actors like this, but I saw what another commenter wrote and I'm going to go with their choices of Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman.
    I loved the character interview!
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

  49. Annmarie Civcci December 17, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    for me, green eyes is the most beautiful.^

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